In episode 60, Coffey talks with Ashley Smalley about leading with authenticity to create teams that connect.

They discuss what it means for leaders to be connected to their teams; the difference between the means of communication and the way leaders communicate; the importance of authenticity in building relationships; avoiding transactional communication styles; communication challenges in remote work environments; the skills leaders can practice to develop successful connection; how to address difficult conversations with genuineness; and why leaders shouldn’t adopt a “one-size-fits-all” approach to quickly fix miscommunication.

You can hear more from Ashley Smalley and a number of other speakers at Fort Worth HR’s 13th annual The Strategic Mindset conference on September 23rd. Register today at

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Ashley Smalley

Ashley Smalley

Ashley Smalley is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) with over a decade of experience in the field. She has trained employees and supervisors on topics such as unity in the workplace, communication, leadership, employment law compliance, and more.

Ashley is also the Family Enrichment Coordinator for First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Texas, where she leads the women’s and marriage ministry teams, and oversees the senior adult ministry. Her focus there is building new leaders in the church so that ministry can be multiplied.

In 2022, Smalley Consulting was founded to formally blend her HR experience and her love for people into a business and ministry hybrid focused on building unity one team at a time so that people enjoy their work and do it better.

Ashley speaks across the nation at churches, businesses, schools, and service organizations helping them to build soft skills and increase unity on their teams.


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